• Microsoft

    WSLg in Windows 11

    Though I had seen demos of this online, using in real a #Linux GUI app (like GIMP) running on Debian on #Windows11 using WSLg feels sublime. Microsoft (with NVIDIA, Linux Community, and partners) have done a phenomenal job in getting all the pieces integrating well. See GIMP running in Windows 11 in the screenshot above. When I posted the above in Facebook, there was a comment on “Why not just run Linux natively and cut out Windows altogether?”. In my case, the answer is simple. I have been using Windows from Windows 3.1 & Windows NT days, and I feel comfortable. I have built muscle memory, acquired deep skills to…

  • Homepage,  Microsoft

    Windows 11 – I am loving it!

    Couple of months back, when Microsoft announced their new OS, Windows 11 I tried it on a Virtual Machine and wrote a brief review. Today (5th October 2021), Microsoft had released Windows 11 and made it available widely. Get the ISO for Windows 11 If you have a compatible PC, you can go to Windows Update and check (seek) for the availability of Windows 11 for your PC. In my case it didn’t show up, so I downloaded the ISO from the Visual Studio subscriber download page, burned it to a USB drive using RUFUS utility. You may also use the Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to get the ISO. Irrespective…

  • Articles,  Microsoft

    It is not your parents Windows anymore!

    The below article was written for the IEEE Computer Society Region 10’s quarterly magazine, thanks to Mr H R Mohan for the invitation. Windows 11 What does a designer of children’s books and biscuit tins, or a psychology major got to do with Windows, the operating system from Microsoft? The two, Priya Chauhan and Dorothy Feng are from the team that designed the new, signature feature for Windows 11 – the widgets, available next to the start button widgets provide you with a quick glance to information you need to know and care about, without you opening individual apps. Unlike the infamous business metrics like KPI, Chauhan and Feng are…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft,  Woolgathering

    Access your phone from your Windows 10 PC

    Today’s Windows tip. Apple (Mac/iPhone) owners please look elsewhere. If you are using a PC running Windows 10 (upgrade for free to the latest build easily) and own a modern Android especially a Samsung phone (most of the Galaxy series sold in the last few years) then you will thank me for this tip. The list of supported Android phones is here. On your PC, look for a free app from Microsoft that comes with Windows 10 called “Your Phone”. Once you have it set up (instructions from Microsoft & from Samsung), you can stop picking up your phone every time when a notification alert appears in your phone, to…

  • Windows 11 Insider Preview
    Homepage,  Microsoft

    Windows 11 Insider Preview running in a virtual machine

    Tip 1: Many manufacturers are now listing which of their machines will upgrade to Windows 11, this article from Windows Central provides links to Asus, MSI & Gigabyte devices and motherboards that will get the upgrade. I checked and my desktop motherboard from Asus (TUF B450M-Pro) is eligible! Tip 2: Windows 11 requires TPM, a security feature, to be enabled in your PC. You can find instructions for branded PCs (HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.); and for Asus, Gigabyte & MSI motherboards for both Intel & AMD CPUs. Windows 11 Insider Preview is looking gorgeous. I like the colour palette of the File Explorer, the simplicity of the dock, the cleaner…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Bought Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard from the USA

    I have written quite a few times here about my love for the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and mouse, I have been using the various models for over 15 years. The favourite model for me was the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 released nearly two decades back. After the keyboard wore down, I tried Logitech MK850 Keyboard but I quickly realised I was missing the split design of the Microsoft keyboard. Then, I bought a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, which initially felt fantastic but was a disappointment due to its poor connectivity with Bluetooth. I am a fast three-finger typist, so it annoys me when a keyboard lags behind my keypress…

  • Events,  Homepage,  Microsoft,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    Democratize development with Power Apps for Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon

    In recent months I have delivered a few talks on low-code platforms and Microsoft Power Apps. Today it was at the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon 2021 event, which is a free, online, 60-hour event happening April 26-28, 2021. The event had content going the whole time with speakers from around the globe – In English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. I really enjoyed delivering a session on “Democratize development with Power Apps & AI Builder” for the #m365virtualmarathon conference on the Boston Marathon Track. I get so excited talking about the endless possibilities of #LowCode #NoCode Platforms like the Microsoft #PowerApps to empower businesses around the world.

  • Microsoft,  தமிழ்

    Advertisements in Tamil for enterprise offerings

    கணினியில் தமிழை முதல் தர மொழியாகக் கொண்டு வர வேண்டும் எனப் பலர் முப்பது/நாற்பது வருடங்களாகப் பாடுப்பட்டு வந்துள்ளார்கள். உத்தமத்தின் (INFITT) மூலமாக அவர்களின் அருகில் பயணம் செய்யும் வாய்ப்பு எனக்குக் கிடைத்தது, என்னால் முடிந்தச் சிறிய வேலைகளும் (பங்கையும்) செய்துள்ளேன். அந்த பின்னணியில் இந்த விளம்பரம் எனக்கு மகிழ்ச்சியளிக்கிறது. ஏன் என்றால்? உலகத்தின் மிக அதிக மதிப்புக் கொண்ட ஐந்து நிறுவனங்களில் ஒன்றான மைக்ரோசாப்ட், அவர்களின் (அதிகமாக) பெரு நிறுவனங்களுக்கானப் படைப்பான டீம்ஸ் (Microsoft Teams) சேவையைப் பற்றி தமிழில் ஒரு பெரிய விளம்பரத்தை இன்றைய இந்து தமிழ் திசை நாளிதழில் கொடுத்துள்ளார்கள். இதில் தொழில்நுட்பமான விசயம் புதிதாக இல்லையென்றாலும், இது ஒரு முக்கிய குறியீடு – பெரு நிறுவன அதிகாரிகளிடம் தமிழ் மொழியில் பேசலாம், ஆங்கிலம் மட்டும் உதவாது – தமிழில் பேசினால் வியாபாரம் கூடுதலாக ஆகும் என்பது. விற்பனைக்கு பின்னர் தமிழ் பயனாளர்களின் தேவைகளை தமிழில் சிறப்பாகக் கொடுக்கப்பார்கள், கொடுத்தாக வேண்டும். இது உடனே நடக்காது, ஆனால் படிப்படியாக நடக்கும், ஏற்கனவே…